Monday, 19 March 2018

March of the titans ! - Imperial warlord titan


So this is March, month of Mars, like in the God. So what better month to paint titans ? None, that's right.
Now I've had the will to paint in a different scale for quite a while but like all the good plans and bright ideas, I've always postponed it because of better newer projects.
That was before my friend the ever incredible Mr Saturday offered me a plastic warlord titan in pristine condition to put my brushes where my mouth was... Well, I actually do put my brushes in my mouth quite a lot... you see what I mean though. Right ?


I actually modified the titan a bit, giving it cables to feed the arm weapons and turning its neck on the side and replacing its square neck with cables and fancier stuff.


I also wanted the base to be quite fun, like a mini diorama since the model will very unlikely be used to play (I do NOT intend to start an army or any Epic project, ooooh no, I don't...) I was kindly offered a few bits to decorate my base in the form of a few marines and a rhino.


You might have noticed I've opted for a rather worn out and weathered look, because I don't think I've seen many like that and because I thought it looked cool !

Of course, I simply cannot dissociate those big robots from the fantastic illustrations from Tony Hough :


I finally decided I didn't want a banner but like often, I'm still unsure, Maybe I could try one and see how it looks, I'm always afraid to overdo things a tad and go ridiculous. On a giant beetle shaped robot painted in red yes...


I know I said I didn't want to get involved more than with one model in Epic, I know, I'm super serious about it. But just look at this...


Oh and of course I've kept the base fully functionnal...


Aaaaaanywaaaaaayyyy, I'm really glad I made this one, and finally painted something else than what I usually do. The process was quite peculiar and I was missing some references since I usally paint in autopilot mode but it was actually a very interesting and rewarding experience, I'm eager to try it on a bigger scale like 54mm stuff now.

53 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning mate! I've got some of these sat stripping, I wanted to jazz them up with cables, more details, weathering too.

    I just never seem to get around to them because I don't think they'll get much use beyond going in the cabinet.

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    1. This one will be cabinet fodder as well but I wanted to tick that line off the bucket list. Of course, I do want to paint me some Goodwin titans now... :/
      Cheers mate !

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  2. Oh cheers for setting the bar so high mec 😏 seriously though, he looks the business, the added cables make all the difference

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    1. We're going to rock that house back to back mec, no question. ^^

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  3. Yeah, stunning work once again!
    Especially thinking how smal these models are.

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    1. They're samll but I have to say there's something very rewarding in painting a space marine in seconds ! ^^
      Thanks !

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  4. Wow. Nice big boy.? I like the few tweaks that make an old sculpt perfectly fine for today.
    Your choice of art pieces makes this even better :)

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    1. I get my inspiration from the best !
      I really thought it would be a chore to paint but it was'nt, that's probably thanks to all the metallics but still, It was great !
      Thanks mec !

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  5. Damn, dude, that looks awesome! You should totally paint more epic since you're so good at it!

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    1. I said I can't paint more ! I knew from the start this would be a trying exercise, I must resist !

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  6. Absolutely lovely, the small conversions you've added really had pushed it to perfection. JB!!!! I really think you should push tit further and add the banner. ;)

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    1. I'm thinking about it for now, we'll see !
      Thanks !

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    2. Yes, you should definitely push tits. I'm just not sure what that has to do with painting miniatures...

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  7. Considering the scale that model goes from great to off the charts. That wound dial is the coolest as well. Fantastic idea

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    1. The base is the original and I do like that integrated wound/shield marker (I don't even know what it is... :/)
      It's a fun scale to paint in, the rhino and marines were really quick and rewarding to do, now I must stop thinking about it.
      Thanks !

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    2. It's a void shield counter. Each hit knocks one down, no body damage until it's at zero.

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    3. OK, thanks for the clarification, I should have looked for the info myself ! ^^'

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  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous work. I love your subtle mods and the deluxe basing.
    I agree with your choice to leave out the banner. A big, colourful banner might distract from all the subtler details in the model and your paintjob.

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    1. I'm being peer pressured to add a banner but although I'm considering it, I'll only make the decision if it really is a significant plus.
      The basing is pretty simple in the end, since I only added a few model to give a sense of scale, I think it serves its purpose though so I'm glad I did it. ^^
      Thanks a lot Matthew !

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  9. Superb mate - I never played (or collected) epic, but the photos & art in WD were always a joy. The Warlord is just so iconic of that time, and yours is beautifully done - high fives dude!

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    1. Same here, never caught the bug bacjk then but the images really made a lasting impression in my mind. That's what I wanted to convey with this model !
      Thanks mate !

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  10. Delicious! The cabling has really helped to modernise the model. Silly though it might seem, my favourite element is the teeny tiny marines. It really sells the whole thing as a massive behemoth of a war machine.

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    1. It's totally not silly, the marines and the rhino were a revelation and when I stuck the titan in its base I knew the idea was a good one !

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  11. That is just brilliant. The marines and the rhino make it so evocative. You also have a really funny and enjoyable writing style!

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    1. Well thank you, given how english is only my second language, I'm honored !

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  12. Superb job here mate! I like the way you've turned it into a vignette. Another job that really proves your versatility.

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    1. Thanks Ed, it really was fun to play outside my usual area !

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  13. That's a great job with all the little details. I love the calve transfers and the cabling and the freehand flames on the weapon.

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    1. Thanks, I wanted to have some markings and there were just all the patterns (hazard stripes, chevrons, checkers, flames) to fit onto the model !
      I was really inspired by your own flame patterns but overdid them a bit before weathering... :/

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  14. Fantastic! Always love seeing the old beetlebacks make an appearance. If FW ever did a 40k-scale Warlord in that pattern my wallet would be doomed!

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    1. I honestly think I'd buy one if they did or at least consider doing it very seriously.

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  15. That's the best reason that I have seen to get a cable roller.

    Fab work. Adeptus Titanicus was my first ever GW purchase, it presses my buttons.

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    1. It's always a ... pleasure to press your buttons Paul. Too bad I chose not to do an army when I suddenly realise it would probably be both a nice process and achievement...

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  16. I love beetle titans. You've done a brilliant job on this one. The paint job, cables, the marines, the functioning base, it ticks all my boxes. Brilliant stuff.

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    1. Thanks for being my first <3 <3 <3

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  17. The Omnissiah is pleased, that's easy to see.

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    1. With that big goofy smile, that's obvious ! ^^'

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  18. Nice JB. If you do a banner, why not keep it small, or thin and twining about in an imaginary wind? Less likely to distract from your lovely scheme if it's smaller in scale?

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    1. I think you're right, better have something elegant rather than some giant football field sized carpet !

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  19. Really great painting on that Titan and the base is superb. This is Art~!

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    1. Cheers, it's another process to paint that kind of robot but its a fun one !

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  20. It looks deceptively large due to those tiny, tiny space marines. Great job bring the details out at this scale.

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    1. Yeah, the cheap trick of forced perspective is always useful isn't it ?
      Thanks !

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  21. This came out great JB. I really applaud you for going outside your comfort zone.

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    1. Cheers, it was different but enjoyable !

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